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How to Automate Functional Safety

By Ann Steffora Mutschler , Semiconductor Engineering | Feat. Joerg Gross, Safety Product Manager, OneSpin

Experts at the Table: With both established companies and new players clamoring to play a role in the automotive space, how is the industry moving towards automation? (Part One)

Semiconductor Engineering sat down to discuss functional safety thinking, techniques and approaches to automation with Mike Stellfox, Fellow at Cadence; Bryan Ramirez, strategic marketing manager at Mentor, a Siemens Business; Jörg Grosse, product manager for functional safety at OneSpin Solutions; and Marc Serughetti, senior director of product marketing for automotive verification solutions at Synopsys. What follows are excerpts of that conversation.


Grosse: We want to automate the FMEDA [Failure modes, effects, and diagnostic analysis] process as much as possible. My personal opinion is that you can’t have an FMEDA tool. I don’t think that exists. You have to have several building blocks. You have to have a part for the hardware safety analysis, a part for dealing with the diagnostic coverage analysis determination, and also the part of the computational model. That’s where we are looking into it and automating this process.



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